On a particularly hot afternoon last summer, people gathered near an elementary school in midtown Tucson, waiting patiently for their orders to arrive and chatting with one another about what they planned to do with their purchases.
The bustling city of San Luis Potosi, in the similarly named region around midpoint Mexico, is usually outshined by its more popular neighbors such as Guadalajara, Monterrey and Mexico City, but hopefully things are about to change.
Originally hailing from Hong Kong, the Kwan family wound up in New York then made their way through the central United States only to find a home here in Tucson. Once they settled into the Old Pueblo, their eldest son, Howard, began apprenticing at various restaurants but found solace in the kitchens of sushi chefs.
Lots of people, especially bar regulars, don't usually embrace a big change, but when it comes to Putney's Pit Stop out on 6090 N. Oracle, well it's more than just accepting change, it's about celebrating change, too.
Started back in 1946 by the Taft family, Club 21 was the only game in the area, or most of the town really, to serve up authentic Mexican food with a full bar and lounge in a city that housed maybe 50,000 residents.
Tucked away on the north side of town lies a hidden gem filled with the wonders of tantalizing tastes and Ahmet Alisah—often with a cigarette between his lips and hot cappuccino just an arm's length away. His gruff Bosnian accent echos off the walls of the plaza as he speaks with a friend in his native tongue.